Comp Sci 11: Hardware Lab
The goal of this lab is to acquaint yourself with computer hardware and
taking computers apart.
Do At Home: Prepare for the Hardware Lab
- Protection Against Static Electricity: Read this How to ground yourself.
- Read How to take a computer apart. Note: In the actual lab, you will only take out the
following components: RAM, Hard Drive, CD Drive, Power Supply.
- During the lab, use masking tape to label cables and your phone to take photos before taking it apart.
Do in Class: Part 2: Get a Working Computer and Identify The Hardware
Complete the following steps:
- Claim an old computer from the pile in room 203.
- Hook the computer up to the testing center and see if it works by booting it into the Windows Log in Screen.
- If it doesn't work, put it in the "dead computer" pile and get another one.
- Once you have a working computer, remove the case.
- Use this site and Google to help you to identify the following hardware components:
- Floppy Drive
- Hard Drive
- Video Card
- Network Card
- Sound Card
- Power Supply
Do in Class: Part 3: Taking it Apart
After you take the computer apart, you MUST put it back together into its original state. Use the How to take a computer apart article for reference. Use masking tape to label cables and your phone to take photos before taking it apart.
- Remove the RAM.
- Remove the harddrive.
- Remove the any cards in the machine (network, sound, video). If you have a cheap machine,
it won't have any cards. :(
- Remove the CD Drive if there is one.
- Remove the floppy drive if there is one.
- Remove the Power Supply.
- Show Ms. Wear.
- Put it all back.
- Boot it up. If it works, show Ms. Wear. If it doesn't work, fix it.
- Shut it down and put it back where you originally got it from.